lambda-cyhalothrin (Karate, Force) Registration Approval 9/93
Mr. Michael S. O'Conner SEP 20, 1993
Western Research Center
1200 S. 47th Street
Richmond, California 94804-0023
Dear Mr. O'Conner:
Re: Reqistration of Force 1.5G Insecticide EPA Reg. No. 10182-130
The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation has approved your
application to register the referenced pesticide product, containing the new
active ingredient tefluthrin. Force l.5G Insecticide is a granular soil-
applied product used to control insects on field corn, popcorn, and seedcorn.
This Department reviewed all of the information submitted in support of the
registration, along with the continuously evolving mitigation measures, and
has determined that use of the referenced product in conformance with the
label directions is not likely to result in significant health or
environmental risks. Documentation provided to the Department for review
indicates that the fish kills associated with Force l.5G Insecticide were due
to use of the product in a manner not in conformance with the label. The
recent label amendments place greater emphasis on the need to incorporate the
product into soil at the time of application. In addition, the change in
formulation reduces the potential for runoff of the active ingredient. No
fish kill incidents have been associated with use of the alternate
Since Force l.5G is a federally restricted use pesticide, the same
classification must apply in New York State. Please note that New York State
Environmentai Conservation Law (ECL) 33-09Ol.l states that: "A commercial
permit is required for the distribution, sale, offer for sale, purchase for
the purpose of resale or possession for the purpose of resale of a restricted
use pesticide." Thus, if ZENECA, Inc., proposes to sell or offer for sale any
restricted use pesticide to any person within New York State, a commercial
permit is required. ECL 33-0905.l further states that: "Any person who
engages in...the sale of restricted use pesticides shall be certified by the
Commissioner..." Therefore, commercial permit holders must employ or retain
under contract at least one person who is certified in New York State for the
application of restricted use pesticides.
Enclosed is information pertaining to commercial permits in New York State,
along with an application form for your convenience. Questions regarding
commercial permits and certification should be directed to our Bureau of
Pesticide Regulation at (518) 457-7482.
On June 14, 1993, in accordance with FIFRA Section 3(c)(7)(c), the United
States Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA) extended the conditional
registration of the referenced product for a period not to exceed November 15,
1994 and imposed the following conditions:
"(a) By November 31, 1993 ZENECA will submit to the Agency an initial
proposal to address EPA's risk concerns which will consist of proposed aquatic
risk reduction measures.
"(b) After receipt of the proposal, the Agency will evaluate the proposed
risk reduction measures and if necessary meet to determine if it meets the
Agency's expectations regarding adequate mitigation measures.
"(c) Make Agency's scientists available to discuss the proposed risk reduction
measures as it progresses with the goal of achieving agreement on a final
course of action by November 15, 1994."
As specified above in the terms of the conditional registration extension, the
USEPA requires the development of additional aquatic risk reduction measures.
As a condition of registration in New York State, ZENECA, Inc., must provide
this Department with copies of correspondence and studies related to any
proposed amendment of the federal registration status of the referenced
product simultaneous with their submission to the USEPA. Documentation
detailing the final USEPA registration decision must also be submitted to this
Department within 30 days of receipt by ZENECA, Inc.
The Department recognizes the crucial role of soil incorporation of the
subject product. If customary use of Force 1.5G Insecticide results in fish
kills, the Department will reexamine this product and determine whether any
further regulatory steps are appropriate.
The approved label is the federally registered label as submitted. Also
enclosed, for your records, is the Certificate of Pesticide Registration and a
copy of the stamped-accepted label.
Norman H. Nosenchuck, P.E.
Division of Hazardous Substances Regulation
cc: w/encs. - Donald Rutz, Cornell University
- James Tette, Cornell University
- Dennis Rapp, N.Y.S. Dept. of Ag. and Mkts.